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DwDD – Acquisitions Inc Part 3
1:01:20
Shawn and Chris keep going on AI, they’re talking about growing the franchise today. Links Eberron: Rising from the Last War announced Core 3-3 Tom Lommel The Spirited Investigation
Sep 13, 2019
DwDnD – From Green Flame to Lasers. Creating in another’s world panel from PAX West
53:56
Take a listen to a panel from PAX West about creating in another’s world from PAX West that Shawn was on with Teos Abadia (Alphastream), Liz Spain (Lone Shark Games), Kat […]
Sep 06, 2019
DwDD – Acquisitions Inc Part 2
56:27
Shawn and Chris keep going on AI, breaking down the company positions and franchise tasks! Also, support the Commandroids Kickstarter! Not D & D, but super cool!
Aug 30, 2019
DwDnD – Acquisitions Inc Part 1 & Unearthed Arcana
58:39
Money, Money, Money, Moooooooney…MOOOONEY!!! We’re gonna take some time to talk about the Acquisitions Inc book that our own Mad Wizard helped put together. We also get magical and mystical […]
Aug 23, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventure (Part 10) Challenges, Resolutions, Consequences cont’
1:01:08
Do you want a challenge? I’ll give you a challenge and then for dealing with the challenge we will resolve the situation with some type of consequence. No, it’s not […]
Aug 19, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventure (Part 9) Challenges, Resolutions, Consequences
44:35
Do you want a challenge? I’ll give you a challenge and then for dealing with the challenge we will resolve the situation with some type of consequence. No, it’s not […]
Aug 01, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventure (Part 8) Rewards
1:08:25
It’s time to talk about all the things you get for doing stuff in your D&D game. No, not the TPK death stuff but all the shiny, magical, treasure and […]
Jul 18, 2019
DwDnD – Interview with Elyssa Grant
47:30
Shawn interviews the incomparable Elyssa Grant, producer with Penny Arcade and project manager for Acquisitions Inc! @Hobbitzez
Jul 13, 2019
DwDnD – Mike Shea and Fantastic Adventures: Ruins of the Grendleroot
1:10:15
Sly Flourish is getting down with us to talk about the Grendleroot and his newest book, kickstarter, and methodology for adventures Links Fantastic Adventures: Ruins of the Grendleroot
Jul 01, 2019
DwD&D – Origins Filler Episode
3:16
Doc attempts to distract the listeners from the fact that everyone is too tired from Origins to get the usual quality of content. Results may vary. New episode next week!
Jun 20, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventures (Part 7) Adventure Flow
59:47
Flow: the action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream. We’re talking about the concept of creating flow in your adventures today. Enjoy and we’ll catch you […]
Jun 14, 2019
DwDnD – Baldur’s Gate. Descent into Avernus
57:20
Descend into a hell of infernal machines from a city that chews up and spits out adventurers. We delve into the newest storyline from Dungeons and Dragons along with DnD […]
Jun 10, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventures (Part 6) Box Text
50:33
We’re talking about Box Text. That’s right. Box Text. Think we can’t do a whole episode about Box Text. Well, you’d be wrong. We can and we do. Enjoy and […]
May 30, 2019
DwDnD – Interview with Alex Kammer
53:08
The Mad Wizard chats with Alex Kammer, Director of Gamehole Con, on his new Kickstarter for D&D, the Sea King’s Malice! Links Alex Kammer’s Twitter The Sea King’s Malice Kickstarter
May 23, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventures (Part 5) Hooks and Openings
1:17:08
Shawn and Chris’ conversation about adventure design moves into hooks and openings but before they get to that Shawn interviews AL Administrator Amy Lynn Dzura. Enjoy and we’ll catch you next week. […]
May 20, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventures (Part 4) Adventure Types Cont’
50:35
Shawn and Chris talk continue to talk about frameworks and how they can help you design adventures. This is the second of two parts where we talk about Frameworks during […]
May 09, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventures (Part 3) Adventure Types
1:06:36
Shawn and Chris talk about frameworks and how they can help you design adventures. This is the first of two parts where we talk about Frameworks during our adventure designing […]
Apr 26, 2019
DwDnD – Interview with Ruty Rutenberg
58:45
Shawn sits and chats with Ruty Rutenberg chat about a variety of topics including Morgrave Miscellany, Maze Arcana, and a variety of other media enterprises and publications.  
Apr 11, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventures (Part 2) Scope and Length
52:31
Shawn and Chris chat about the scope and length considerations when designing adventures. Part 2 of our encounter and adventure design series. Enjoy. Links Video of the history of Dragonlance […]
Apr 04, 2019
DwDnD – Designing Adventures (Part 1) Overview
53:45
Shawn and Chris chat about an overview of designing adventures which is a continuation of the encounter design series. Enjoy. Links Tactical Maps: Adventure Atlas Mirt’s Undermountain Survival Guide CCC-BMG-MOON2-1 […]
Apr 01, 2019
DwDnD – Creating with a Team
57:25
Shawn and James Introcaso get together to talk about teamwork and the trials, tribulations, triumphs, and tricks of creating with a group of people. Links Tabletop Babble Morgrave Miscellany Wayfinder’s […]
Mar 28, 2019
DwDnD#184 – The Artificer & The Critical Role Kickstarter
1:03:33
Shawn and Chris start building constructs, mixing potions, and summoning…turrets…huh? We also talk the Critical Role Kickstarter. Links Dan Dillon is new WotC D&D Game Designer Dwarven Forge – Dungeon […]
Mar 14, 2019
DwDnD#183 – Designing Encounters (Part 3) Pillars of Play continued
1:01:18
Shawn and Chris continue to get into the nitty gritty of the pillars of play and cover exploration and how to mix those pillars. Enjoy Links Ghosts of Saltmarsh New […]
Mar 07, 2019
DwDnD#182 – Designing Encounters (Part 2) The Three…I mean first two Pillars
49:18
Shawn and Chris get into the nitty gritty of the pillars of play and cover combat and social. Enjoy Links A Warlord Class for 5e from Schwalb Entertainment/Max Press Tactical […]
Feb 28, 2019
DwDnD#181 – Designing Encounters Part 1
51:28
Shawn and Chris talk about some of their foundational ideas and concepts when designing encounters. Enjoy Links Stranger Things’ Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set Plays Mike Wheeler’s Adventure Love’s Labour’s […]
Feb 25, 2019
DwDnD#180 – Interview with Mike Shea at Winter Fantasy
47:10
Shawn gets down with Mike Shea at Winter Fantasy. Enjoy the interview. Links Mad Wizard’s Menagerie Patreon
Feb 14, 2019
DwDnD#179 – Planar Adventures
59:13
Chris and Shawn get down with the planes of existence. It’s gates, and shadowfey fellwild realms, and fire & ice, and all the wackiness of the Elemental Chaos, Limbo, and […]
Feb 07, 2019
DwDnD#178 – DnD Beyond
53:57
Chris and Shawn get down with the premier spot on the internet for all things D&D. They wax poetical about D&D Beyond. They both love the sight and then give […]
Jan 30, 2019
DwDnD#177 – A Talk with Teos
49:00
Chris is taking the week off and Shawn is conversing with Teos Abadia about a variety of things related to DnD. Links DM David on Monster Ecology: Three Reasons the […]
Jan 23, 2019
DwDnD#176 – Dragon Heist 8
43:59
It’s our final look at Waterdeep Dragon Heist. Enjoy as we delve into some of the lairs of the villains and how they affect the campaign. Links The Streets of […]
Jan 16, 2019
The Streets of Avalon. Fifteen – Fionn
17:12
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Jan 15, 2019
DwDnD#175 – Listener Q and A
1:01:15
We’re talking Listener Q and A this week as we take a number of questions from the audience and dive into them. Enjoy and let us know what you’d like […]
Jan 14, 2019
The Streets of Avalon. Fourteen – Urgon
34:29
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Jan 14, 2019
The Streets of Avalon. Thirteen – Sewers
34:27
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Jan 11, 2019
The Streets of Avalon. Twelve – Muddy Joe
38:13
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Jan 09, 2019
The Streets of Avalon. Eleven- Eye
33:35
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Jan 07, 2019
The Streets of Avalon. Ten – Fallout
42:00
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Jan 04, 2019
DwDnD#174 – Sidekicks
56:19
It’s all about having a little help from your friends in this weeks episode of Down with D&D. Shawn and Chris take some time with the UA article on Sidekicks […]
Jan 02, 2019
The Streets of Avalon. Nine – Pearl
34:57
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Jan 02, 2019
The Streets of Avalon. Eight – Enemy
36:26
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Dec 31, 2018
The Streets of Avalon. Seven – Fire
42:10
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Dec 28, 2018
DwDnD#173 – Player Contributions
51:34
This week we’re getting into a discussion about player contributions based on an article by DM David. It’s an excellent article with some wonderful ideas and our discussion gets into […]
Dec 27, 2018
The Streets of Avalon. Six – Master Corwin
36:48
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in conjunction with the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Dec 25, 2018
The Streets of Avalon. Five – Allison
33:58
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in anticipation of the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Dec 21, 2018
DwDnD#172 – Urban Adventures
58:24
We’re taking a break from Dragon Heist to talk about Urban Adventures. We give the 101 overview of how we see Urban adventures working and use Eberron, Waterdeep, and Avalon […]
Dec 19, 2018
The Streets of Avalon. Four – Cutter
42:49
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in anticipation of the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Dec 18, 2018
The Streets of Avalon. Three – The Box
39:30
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in anticipation of the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Dec 14, 2018
DwDnD#171 – Dragon Heist Seven. Chapter 4. Part 3
1:01:34
It’s time for Dragon Heist Chapter 4, Part 3. It’s the end of chapter 4 and where the end of the adventure is. The vault where all the coins are. […]
Dec 13, 2018
The Streets of Avalon. Two – Lamplighter
42:34
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in anticipation of the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Dec 07, 2018
DwDnD#170 – Dragon Heist six. Chapter 4. Part 2
45:36
It’s time for Dragon Heist Chapter 4, Part 2. We’ve come to a very interesting chapter in the book. The villain decides a lot of what happens here and there […]
Dec 06, 2018
The Streets of Avalon. One – Shapeshifters
40:17
Welcome to the Streets of Avalon by the Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars. This special re-release is in anticipation of the Streets of Avalon Kickstarter to be produced by Encoded Designs […]
Nov 30, 2018
DwDnD#169 – Dragon Heist Five. Chapter 4. Part 1
33:43
It’s time for Dragon Heist Chapter 4, Part 1. We’ve come to a very interesting chapter in the book. The villain decides a lot of what happens here and there […]
Nov 28, 2018
DwDnD#168 – Dragon Heist Four. Chapter 3
44:57
It’s time for moar Dragon Heist. What happens when you have your own tavern in Waterdeep. We talk a little about that and a bunch of adventure seeds you can […]
Nov 21, 2018
DwDnD#167 – Dragon Heist Three
42:20
It’s time for moar Dragon Heist. What happens when you have your own tavern in Waterdeep. We talk a little about that and a bunch of adventure seeds you can […]
Nov 14, 2018
DwDnD#166 – Dragon Heist Two
49:11
It’s time for moar Dragon Heist. Time to talk about adventuring at level one and how you might manage to not kill your PCs right away. Get down. Links Mad […]
Oct 31, 2018
DwDnD#165 – Rob Schwalb
44:31
The darkest man in gaming lands on Down with DnD to cast a shadow over us with his Lordly presence. It’s Rob Schwalb coming to talk Shadow of the Demon […]
Oct 24, 2018
DwDnD#164 – Dragon Heist One
58:57
We’re going back to get down with mythic Ireland in D&D. It’s the Moonshae Islands part duet. Get down and get boggy. Links New Issue of Dragon+ Issue 22 Wolfgang […]
Oct 16, 2018
DwDnD#163 – Moonshae Part 2
48:30
We’re going back to get down with mythic Ireland in D&D. It’s the Moonshae Islands part duet. Get down and get boggy. Links Great D&D Beyond Article: Creating Hero-Villain Bonds […]
Oct 15, 2018
DwDnD#162 – Monster Design
54:28
The Mad Wizard is in the house talking about his Menagerie and we’re also gonna get down on some monster design. Links The Mad Wizard Patreon Preparing for Nuke-Con 2018 […]
Oct 02, 2018
DwDnD#161 – The Moonshae Islands
55:33
We’re talking about Mythic Ireland and Vikings and Fey OH MY!!! Get down with some D&D.      
Sep 25, 2018
DwDnD#160 – Where are all the DMs
45:34
It’s time to talk about DMs and how you can get started. We hit all the basic places for information and give some intro tips of our own. Enjoy and […]
Sep 18, 2018
DwDnD#159 – Dragon Marks
56:32
We’re heading back to Eberron to talk Dragon Marks. We’ll get into the nitty gritty of what they are, how they fit into Eberron, and their design. So get down […]
Sep 11, 2018
DwDnD#158 – Challenge Levels
41:37
Challenge levels!?! We’re talking about challenge levels?!? Do they even matter and what is this edition of D&D trying to do with them. All that and more as we get […]
Aug 28, 2018
DwDnD#157 – D&D Organized Play
54:10
It’s OP. IT’S OP. No, not over powered. It’s organized play. So get O, get O, and get P because the mad wizard Merwin and Chris do on this episode […]
Aug 21, 2018
DwDnD#156 – The State of the Adventurers League with Lysa & Alan
51:39
We’re going to the admins on this one. It’s Lysa Chen and Alan Patrick to talk about all the new changes coming to the Adventurer’s League starting at the end […]
Aug 14, 2018
DwDnD#155 – Two New Settings: Eberron and Ravnica
41:43
New settings. Alert. We have new settings. Chris and the Mad Wizard Merwin get down with Eberron and Ravnica, the two newest upcoming releases for D&D 5e. Get magically down […]
Jul 31, 2018
DwDnD#154 – One-Shots. Design vs. Publication
53:37
Punch up a game for one night only. Chris and the Mad Wizard Merwin get down on One Shots this week. How to structure them, write them up, and the […]
Jul 24, 2018
DwDnD#153 – Design: Complexity vs. Simplicity
57:19
Is it elegant and does it matter. Chris and the Mad Wizard Merwin get down on the level of depth in D&D, where it is, where it isn’t, and why […]
Jul 17, 2018
DwDnD#152 – Alex Kammer, GameholeCon, and The Borderlands
50:26
It’s time to get down with the Gamehole, the Borderlands, and the convention the Gamehole is named for. It’s Alex Kammer and he’s here to dish about everything him up […]
Jul 10, 2018
DwDnD#151 – Social Interactions
51:01
Let’s get down with talking. Actually we talk a lot about challenges that aren’t about fighting and ways to approach them. Enjoy and we’ll talk to you next week. Links […]
Jul 03, 2018
DwD&D#150 – Origins 2018 Wrap Up
45:02
Let’s get down with Origins 2018. We had a good time. You probably heard the audio from our panel. This week, since Chris did zero D&D at Origins Cindy is […]
Jun 26, 2018
DwDnD at Origins 2018 – The Buisness of D&D panel
47:55
Lets get down with the buisness of Dungeons and Dragons. Shawn and Chris talk about making money and how it works from the outside as freelancers and small publishing company […]
Jun 19, 2018
DwDnD#149 – Waterdeep and the Stream of Many Eyes
39:43
Lets get down with the city of splendor. It’s Waterdeep and the Stream of Many Eyes. There’s gonna be a Dragon Heist followed by delving into the most famous of […]
Jun 06, 2018
DwDnD#148 – Monstrous Races (Part 1)
52:42
Let’s get down. It’s time to get monstrous up in here. Shawn and Chris fang up for a discussion on the Unearthed Arcana article on Centaurs and Minatours. Enjoy and […]
May 22, 2018
DwDnD#147 – Getting People to Roleplay
52:01
Let’s get down with RP. It’s talking about bringing the storytelling out in play because we need to emote sometime. Just emote ok? We can emote together. Just tell me […]
May 15, 2018
DwDnD#146 – Breaking Down Adventures
48:55
Let’s get down with taking things apart. It’s all about breaking down adventures on this episode of Down with D&D. Get Down.  
May 08, 2018
DwDnD#145 – Spreading Out in the Realms
41:05
Let’s get down with expanding into the Realms. It’s all about AL news and what it means for the Adventurer’s League going forward. Get down and get out there. Links […]
May 01, 2018
DwDnD#144 – Teaching New Players
54:37
Get down with some new blood. That’s right. It’s about bringing in warm bodies and showing them the ropes. Chris and Shawn talk about teaching new players the game.  
Apr 24, 2018
DwDnD#143 – NPCs
48:07
Let’s get down with extras, supporting, flat, and round characters. It’s all about NPCs this week as we break down what you need to do to make them happen at […]
Apr 17, 2018
DwDnD#142 – Dragon Heresy with Doug Cole
57:37
Let’s get down with more alternate rules for Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition. We’re talking about combat rules enhancements for your DnD game and getting all Viking up in here […]
Apr 10, 2018
DwDnD#141 – Shared Worlds
46:40
Let’s get down with compromise, playing in the same sandbox, and gaming in the same universe. Shawn and Chris are talking about sharing worlds from three different points of view […]
Apr 03, 2018
DwDnD#140 – Low Level Adventures
56:16
Let’s get down with Tier 1 and Tier 2 today. It’s all about rocking out local and regional adventures this week. Links Watch Mordenkainen’s Mayhem on Mondays DM David Talks […]
Mar 27, 2018
DwDnD#139 – High Level Adventures
52:01
Let’s get down with Tier 3 and Tier 4. It’s high level adventures this week on Down with DnD. Link Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes preview: Duergar D&D Beyond Content off […]
Mar 20, 2018
DwD&D#138 – James Introcaso & The Demonplague
56:28
Let’s get down with the sickness. Well, if that sickness is a demonplague then you should be all about it, right? I know James Introcaso is and he joins us […]
Mar 13, 2018
DwD&D#137 – James Haeck on Creating D&D Content for Public Consumption
56:15
Let’s get down with Haeck and making stuff for the people. It’s a conversation about one man’s journey into this crazy world of being a writer in the gameosphere and […]
Mar 06, 2018
DwD&D#136 – Prepping and Running Convention Games
52:22
Let’s get down with the Con. Not Constitution but Conventions. Preparing and running to be the most proficient DM in the room be it AL or Homebrew. Shawn and Chris […]
Feb 27, 2018
DwD&D#135 – Initiative & Modes of Play
42:47
Feb 13, 2018
DwD&D#134 – Logo’s on the DMs Guild
40:42
Let’s get down with Logo’s and the DM’s Guild. People be up in arms and we’re gonna talk about the logo controversy today. Get down and get Logo with it.
Feb 07, 2018
DwD&D#133 – New Players
37:11
Jan 30, 2018
DwD&D#132 – Strategy Game or Story Engine
37:42
Jan 23, 2018
DwD&D#131 – All About Setting
52:25
Jan 16, 2018
DwD&D#130 – 2018
46:28
Jan 10, 2018
DwD&D#129 – Lysa Chen
36:09
Jan 03, 2018
DwD&D#128 – Adventures in Middle Earth
44:20
Dec 26, 2017
DwD&D#127 – Xanathar’s Review part 2
45:36
Dec 19, 2017
DwD&D#126 – Rudy & Satine
51:10
Dec 12, 2017
DwD&D#125 – Xanathar’s Review part 1
49:52
Dec 05, 2017
Down w/ D&D 118 — Is D&D Doing What It Set Out To Do?
51:43
Let’s get down with starting up. This time it’s Jason Hobbs from Hobbs & Friends of the OSR talking with us about  if D&D is accomplishing what it set out to […]
Sep 26, 2017